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Smoking Age Should Be Raised Each Year Until Cigarettes Effectively Banned, Review Says

  • Move would prohibit all sales of cigarettes in several decades
  • Adviser favors switch to vaping over heated tobacco products
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A report commissioned by the UK government recommends raising the legal smoking age each year in a bid to phase out tobacco use among young people. 

If adopted, the measures would slot the UK among the most aggressive countries in trying to stamp out smoking, joining nations such as New Zealand, which plans a similar move, which will eventually become a blanket prohibition.